The First Group gives Torch blaze victims homes for free

by Dina Maaty | 02 May 2015

The First Group has stepped in to help those left homeless by the fire that ripped through the 86-storey Torch residential tower in February. The Dubai-based property development and asset manage- ment firm has accommodated some of the blaze victims free of charge, handing over the keys to 20 studio and one-bedroom apartments situated within

Facing up to the challenge

by Dina Maaty | 02 May 2015

  This month Hotel News ME, in association with Rikan General Trading held a roundtable event at the Radisson Blu, Media City to discuss the main challenges faced by the industry and what the experts wholesomely anticipate to see for the upcoming year in terms of growth.   What according to you, will be the

Dubai hotel guest figures up despite Russia slump

by Dina Maaty | 02 May 2015

The number of guests checking into Dubai hotel establishments increased 5.6% to more than 11.6 million in 2014, despite declining tourism receipts from Russia, according to the latest figures released by Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM). In fact Dubai’s top 10 hotel guest source markets remained virtually the same compared to 2013,

Industry analysts tell Gemma Greenwood why some of the region’s most beleaguered hotel markets are bouncing back in 2015  

by Dina Maaty | 02 May 2015

The Middle East is a region accustomed to political turmoil and instability and some of its most popular business and tourism destinations demonstrate a remarkable resilience in the face of adversity. From terrorism attacks to civil war, countries in Northern Africa and the Levant in particular have suffered repeated setbacks, but they have also proved

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